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El Faro Surf Guide

El Faro in Michoacan is an exposed river break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The river breaks offer lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips, sharks and rocks.

El Faro Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing El Faro:

The best conditions reported for surf at El Faro occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf El Faro (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing El Faro with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 58% of the time in December while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 11% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore El Faro Location Map

Interactive El Faro surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to El Faro is Lazaro Cardenas (Lazard Cardenas) Airport (LZC) in Mexico, which is 14 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to El Faro is Ixtapa Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH), also in Mexico, 78 km (48 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
El Faro Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 28 November 2022, 10:15 Local Time
Monday 28
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 16 16 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at El Faro

Surf stats for El Faro, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at El Faro

Wind stats for El Faro, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near El Faro. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon pointPoint/sandbar
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: inconsistent
    6km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/rivermouth
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: consistent
    26km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: consistent
    37km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: very consistent
    40km away
    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    41km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To El Faro: